United Way Grants $36,000 to Project Access

United Way Grants $36,000 to Project Access

KOKOMO, IN / PRESS RELEASE – United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties’ Board of Directors has announced a $36,000 grant to help fund Medication and Diabetic Assistance, a program through Project Access.

Donations given through the Annual Fundraising Campaign, both individually and through workplace campaigns make this grant possible. United Ways’ donors provided 112 individuals with primary care, 90 individuals with specialty care, and 65 individuals with medication assistance for a total of $77,155 worth of medication through the program in 2018.

“We are fortunate for United Way’s donors who made this grant possible for the incredible need of medication assistance in Howard County,” said Kristi Upchurch, Executive Director of Project Access. “So far in 2019, we have assisted 79 clients with medication assistance valued at $39,215 and 30 diabetic/chronic illness clients with $13,090 worth of supplies and medication.”

The Medication and Diabetic Assistance program helps to provide little or no-cost medications for individuals struggling with chronic illnesses, diabetes and clients in need of short-term assistance. These medications can include high blood pressure, insulin, thyroid, mental health and seizure medications. The program also provides one-on-one counseling for clients with diabetes to help with a diet and exercise regime as well as overall education about the disease.

“There are families and individuals that live in our community who need programs like the Medication and Diabetic Assistance program so that they can continue working, parenting and improving their well-being,” said Jeff Young, United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties Interim President and CEO. “We are thankful that our donors make it possible to get people the medication they need to live their best life.”

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